If you're anything like me, summer + armpits = noticeable body odor. Even with regular showers, deodorant doesn't totally cut it when it's 90 degrees with 70% humidity. This summer, I decided instead of just dealing with my B.O., I'd take a more serious approach: Laser hair removal.
You may be thinking "What does laser hair removal have to do with B.O.?" Glad you asked! Basically, hair leads to more odor because the sweat from your glands sinks into your hair instead of evaporating, say, the way it would if you had no hair. The hair then holds onto the sweat, which then begins to smell, and that odor has no where to go.
"Once the hair isn't there, initially you may think that you are sweating more, as the sweat has no place to accumulate, so you may feel more of a wetness," Karavolas says. "However, eventually, there's a decrease in body odor due to hair follicle destruction."
Without further ado, I got in the laser hair removal chair.
But let's talk B.O. Despite not shaving between sessions, my underarm hair turned nearly translucent (it was strawberry blondish to begin with) and didn't grow in even a quarter as much as it did pre-laser. Besides that, the smell associated with the hair follicles left was nearly undetectable. To be fair, I do wear deodorant — I switch between Type A's aluminum-free sweat-activated deodorant and Secret's Clinical Strength Clear Gel. But now, I can rely on my natural deodorant to get everything done. BOOM.
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Now, if you're not into lasers (by interest or by cost), but are still looking for ways to reduce your B.O., you're in luck. According to Jeanette Haylock, Education Manager of Go To Brazils Waxing Center, waxing can work wonders for B.O. control, too. It's just less permanent than lasers.
So you have options if you're looking for ways to deal with body odor beyond your regular deodorant! Laser hair removal will ring you up anywhere from $150-$500 on average per treatment, and waxing your underarms ranges from $20-$50 on average depending on where you live. One is permanent and the other is short-term, but both provide excellent options at helping to manage any odor you want to live without.